Watercooler 800


This is the 800th entry for the HPC watercooler blog, which started in early 2006. We’ve seen a lot of positive changes in HPC at Sun, and momentum is building at remarkable rate.
When I started this blog, Sun was just getting into the x86 market with some interesting boxes designed by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. Today, Sun is number 5 in the x86 server market and suspense is building as we wait to see if we make number 1 on the TOP500 with the Ranger supercomputer at TACC.
Innovative hardware is great, but the company is also doing some very exciting work on the software side of the puzzle with OpenSolaris, HPC ClusterTools, Dtrace, Grid Engine, Sun Studio, QFS, and the Lustre filesystem. When you combine this with our end-to-end storage story, you’ve got something really compelling.
Sun is back in HPC! Come see the Magic at booth #514 at SC07 in Reno November 12-15.

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About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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